"Dreamy Derawan" Pulau Derawan by freshia

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Dreamy Derawan

Derawan is a small charming island where time seems to stop when you were there.

It's one of the few places where you can see sea turtle up close as in swimming with them as they often come swimming below your cottage (that is if you stay in a cottage over the water :p)

You can sit on the verandah on your cottage staring at the view, checking our colourful fish suddenly goes in and out, regular bunch of small fish, some sea turtles, and birds flying close to the water trying to catch the small fish when they jump. And if you decide to jump to the water you can see pretty corals and colourful fish not so far from the beach

From Derawan you can do island hopping to nearby islands:
- kakaban island where you can swim in the lake full of stingless jellyfish, only live in 2 places in the world: kakaban island and Palau
- sangalaki island where you can see Manta, sunbathing on the pristine white beach and visit the sea turtle conservation
- Maratua island for more snorkeling and good beach
- Gusung-gusung (Sand dunes near Derawan) where you can visit in low tides

You can walk around the island in just 30 minutes where all the road is unpaved and only very few motorcycle (only saw 1-2 when I was there). Children were happily playing on the main street or on the water wnd they were very eager models as well

At night you depending on the season you may be in luck to see a sea turtle laying her eggs or saw a baby sea turtle hatches and release him to the sea
Or...you can simply lie down on a jetty and stargaze at the sky full of stars

  • Last visit to Pulau Derawan: Apr 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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